Published: Jan. 25, 2013
Phi DiStefano

I want to take this opportunity to express my enthusiasm for an important new CU-Boulder merit scholarship program for top-entering Colorado freshmen next fall.

With an investment of more than $2 million, the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program awards a total of $10,000 to $20,000 over four years to select resident freshmen based on a combination of high school grade-point average and test scores, and it keeps Colorado’s best and brightest students right here in Colorado. This new program complements our broad array of existing need-based and program scholarships.

As the state’s flagship university, CU-Boulder has an important responsibility to ensure Colorado’s top-performing students enroll and graduate here, and move on to productive lives in their home state. The Denver Post praised this program in a recent editorial.

We have identified the continued growth of the Esteemed Scholars Program as a top campus priority, working with our donors, and our Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Academic Affairs to ensure its future.

We anticipate that up to 20 percent of our entering resident freshman class next fall will qualify for the scholarship. Rather than taking their talents elsewhere, these scholars will become our next generation of scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and creative artists here at CU-Boulder.

Philip P. DiStefano